Monday, August 2, 2021

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Holiday GreetingsWe are all nearing the end of 2014. It has been a tough one for Wendy and me, but at the same time, one of the richest in my memory.  

I lost both of my parents, but in the most merciful of ways. They had lived rich, full lives and were ready to go – to be together with new bodies to replace the old, worn out ones. Suffering was minimal, and we are left with warm memories and no regrets.  

Wendy and I were also in a horrible car accident. We survived with minor injuries. Our vehicle didn’t.

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Evaluation formDo you struggle to get participants to fill out their Level 1 evaluation forms after a training program? 

This struggle may be even more prominent in environments in which everyone's time and other resources are already stretched.

What can you do to improve the response rate?

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In 2013, the ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter partnered with Kirkpatrick Partners to introduce the Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship opportunity to its members.

The recipient of this annual award wins a free seat in the Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level, which not only benefits the scholarship winner, but also allows the winner to give back to the community and the industry.

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Jared AllenA full year has passed since Jared Allen won the 2013 Don Kirkpatrick Scholarship awarded by Kirkpatrick Partners and the ATD Valley of the Sun Chapter.

His award included a free seat in a Kirkpatrick Four Levels® Evaluation Certification Program - Bronze Level.

We have followed up with Jared throughout the year to hear about how he has implemented his learning at his organization, Goodwill of Central Arizona. Read on for a final wrap-up of the improvements that his organization has made in this short amount of time, and get ideas that you can apply immediately, too.

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Ishutterstock_28674544n your recent conversations, you've been asking the second question, which has shown that you care, given the other person permission to open up, and expressed your own bravery and willingness to go against the avatar grain.


We are assuming that asking the second question has opened up more and richer dialogue with those around you. They are likely surprised that you've shown an interest beyond the norm and are pleased to tell you more.

Now, how do you sustain these fruitful conversations?

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Last week, we discussed how taking an honest look at yourself can help you to avoid becoming an avatar. Click here if you missed it.
 
Question 2
This idea of avatarism has everything to do with Kirkpatrick evaluation. Avatars take exchanges at face value and never go beyond the safe script when interacting with others, which negatively impacts training and evaluation efforts. 

Avatar trainers never bother to investigate the deeper meaning behind a statement, question or nonverbal cue. To be successful, training professionals must learn to recognize opportunities for deeper human interaction.

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Each year, the Valley of the Sun Chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD, formerly ASTD) hosts the Don Kirkpatrick scholarship competition in conjunction with Kirkpatrick Partners.

The purpose of the scholarship is to provide members of the local ATD-VOS community the opportunity to enhance their effectiveness and business impact by learning and applying the Kirkpatrick Model for evaluating training programs.

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The What, Where, How, Why and When of Gathering Actionable Feedback
by Matt Champagne

Note: The Kirkpatricks became aware of Matt's work with the introduction of his book, The Survey Playbook. They found the adviceto be effective as well as practical to apply, serving as good real-worldadvice for surveys that get the information you need.

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